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The iconic Arise Fashion Week was called Arise Fashion Week with Naomi Campbell this year and for good reason because the international supermodel has big plans for the continent.

Naomi Campbell and the awakening of the African fashion industry [Credit: Pulse]

Naomi Campbell and the awakening of the African fashion industry [Credit: Pulse]

Naomi Campbell’s affinity for Africa, Nigeria in particular, is no secret. The supermodel has made numerous trips to the continent and has been linked with some prolific Nigerian stars including Wizkid and Skepta.

Last year, she shutdown Arise Fashion Week when she arrived and hit the runway for select designers like Tiffany Amber and Lanre Da Silva. Little did we know that her appearance would spark a series of fortunate events that would position Africa as the next fashion capital of the world with international luxury brands like Gucci clamouring to support emerging design talent.

This year’s program was noticeably more insightful with the introduction of the Fashion Talks, a series of panels with fashion greats like ex US VogueEditor-at-large Andre Leon Talley, owner of luxury concept store ALARA Reni Folawiyo and designer Ituen Basi as well as people from the banking and finance sector to bring much-needed perspective to the business side of fashion.

During her panel, Naomi revealed that luxury label would begin a design talent empowerment incubator which would take place at the University of Lagos. The news was music to the ears of those struggling for opportunities in the Nigerian fashion industry.

The initiative comes as part of Gucci’s Diversity Initiative which came in response to their blackface scandal which happened in February. An emergency meeting was called by Dapper Dan, a member of the Gucci family and a black fashion icon from the 80’s to discuss the pertinent matter of diversity at the fashion house.

Their first step towards creating a more diverse and inclusive company was to be more inclusive in their hiring therefore, Gucci committed to hiring global and regional directors of diversity and inclusion. The goal with this initiative is to find a Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion and execute strategies to foster a more inclusive company.

Gucci’s second step in their plan was to create a multi-cultural design scholarship program aimed at creating more employment opportunities for underrepresented groups. This scholarship program has reached the shores of Lagos.

No doubt, Naomi’s influence is clear. Although Nigeria has the raw talent to begin with, many would agree that we struggle with infrastructure and positioning ourselves properly. With the challenges we face in this country from financial opportunities such as loans for SME’s and logistical issues making it difficult to import and export textiles and materials, we had struggled to establish our industry in the way it deserved to be.

With Naomi turning her attention towards empowering designers and creatives from the talent, it’s causing the rest of the word to sit up and take notice. At one panel,Segun Awolowo, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Export Promotion Council announced that the government had passed a bill which would remove the import tax on ankara making it easier and less expensive to acquire the material.

This year, Naomi brought in American designer Pyer Moss, Colombian fashion designer Esteban Cortazar and Asai to name but a few. Supermodel Liya Kedebe and the Editor of British Vogue Edward Enninfulalso landed in Gidi at the behest of Miss Campbell who was keen to show them all that we had to offer. Having these international designers walk on our stage, international editors sit front row and report on it in their respective publications and popular models wear our clothes, gives legitimacy to our industry and in an impassioned speech, Naomi promised that Arise Fashion Week ‘will be henceforth known as the official Lagos Fashion Week.’

Instead of us fighting to be recognised on international territory, we can be recognised and uplifted right here at home. Naomi’s influence, her belief in the sheer talent of Africans as a whole, might just be the awakening of an industry.

No longer will we have to fight for relevance because slowly but surely, African is becoming the epicentre of it all.

Africa to the world!

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: PULSE NIGERIA

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Breath Taking Celebrity Fashion

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We’ve gotten to the time of the year when a nonstop schedule of events afford celebrities the right to make every event their runway. As this happens, the rest of us can only take down tips for when we would need them. African celebrity style is all about women, and of course men, showing off their love for fashion with their styles and we live for a season like this.

 

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Boitumelo Thulo

 

Historically, African fashion has been synonymous with the use of African prints like Ankara, Adire and Kente to create traditional designs but with western influences in abundance, African celebrities are often spotted in designs that are more cosmopolitan than African. Whether that is a good thing or not is open to debate.

 

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Vanessa Azar

 

Also, that’s not to say that African fashion is facing some kind of extinction. In fact, the reverse is the case as “African fashion” is having its moment on the global scene right now. If you don’t believe, then you should see the Dior Cruise 2020 collection where the main fabric and many of the designs are an ode to African culture – yes, some have argued otherwise.

 

african celebrities style

Juliet Ibrahim

 

Taking a look back at the celebrity and influencer looks we fell in love with last week, we can only only stan the elegant and clever styling served by some of our faves across Africa. The looks on this list certainly demand a busy social calendar to rock but even if you aren’t as socially occupied as these women, you can note a few things that will help you with your daily styling.

Here are the African celebrity styles we fell in love with last week…

 

GHANA

african celebrities style

Zynnell Lydia Zuh

 

NIGERIA 

African celebrity style

Rita Dominic

african celebrities style

Mabel Makun

Chioma Ikokwu

African celebrity style

Toke Makinwa

SOUTH AFRICA

Kefilwe Mabote

Amanda du-Pont

 

Sarah Langa Mackay

ZIMBABWE

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Vimbai Mutinhiri

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Kente Fashion Styles

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Do you remember the day when Kente fabric became trendy? This happened just a few years ago, and now lots of guys and ladies are sharing pics of their unique Kente styles on Pinterest & Instagram! Kente design is a wonderful solution if you like the bright colors and distinct patterns. And there are plenty of various ways to wear Kente adoringly, with little to no alterations. Now we are going to show you the trendiest Ghana Kente styles of 2018 that you will fall in love with!

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1. Trendiest Kente styles for engagement

Kente material works perfectly for engagement and wedding dresses. You will be surprised by various amazing combinations of colors and designs when it comes to creating Kente cloth dress. By the way, Kente cloth is ideal for short and long flowing gowns, skirts, Kaba and slit. No matter what you do like, you will always be able to find some Kente styles that will impress you!

 

kente styles

kente styles

kente styles

 

kente styles

kente styles

2. Latest Kente dress designs

If you want to stand out from the crowd, check out the latest Kente dresses styles and get the inspiration! And if you will find a tailor that will be able to mix the patterns, colors, and designs for you in the right way, your look will definitely turn heads!

 

kente dress designs

kente dress designs

kente dress designs

3. Latest Kente styles for couples

A long and flowing Kente gown with the right head accessory, also made out of Kente fabric perfectly goes with a plain shirt with similar print for the man. These bold prints will let you make a real statement that others will discuss and even try to copy!

 

 

ghana kente styles

ghana kente styles

ghana kente styles

 

 

ghana kente styles

ghana kente styles

 

3.1. Kente styles for men

 

 

kente styles for men

kente styles for men

kente styles for men

 

 

kente styles for men

kente styles for men

 

 

SOURCE: DAILYADVENT

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Modest Fashion Week Accra Comes off on August 3

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Modest Fashion Week

Modest Fashion Ghana Limited would on August 3, 2019, introduced the “Modest Fashion Week Accra,” a fashion and marketing event as a pacesetter in emerging fashion dynamics and trends, heavily influencing the art, and fashion industry.

It would also establish itself as a pioneer in the stylish conservative yet liberal strata of faith-based fashion choices linked to beliefs of the niche demography.

A statement from Modest Fashion to the Ghana News Agency explained that the Fashion Week would provide a platform for the promotion and marketing of modest fashion and create an environment for style shoppers, models, stylists, designers, retailers.

It would also create a platform for brand ambassadors of modest brand opportunities in the multi-strata fashion and arts industry to showcase their brands for the world to know that there is beauty in modesty.

To read full article – http://v.duta.us/KsREKQAA

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